It’s hard to watch this clip of former Sen. Bob Dole (R-KS) and not feel a bit sad for him. Obviously he’s not in great physical shape, and he’s obviously not happy with the state of the Republican Party today, to the point that he thinks Ronald Reagan wouldn’t survive in today’s GOP.
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the former Republican presidential candidate and Senate majority leader offered a brutal indictment of what his own party has become.
“I think they ought to put a sign on the national committee doors,” Dole said of the GOP, “that says closed for repairs until New Year’s Day next year and spend that time going over ideas and positive agendas.”
Dole, 89, said the Senate is “bent really badly” and lamented that in his day, “at least we got our work done.” He also said the filibuster is being abused.
Yeah, except that Mr. Dole was present at the creation of the GOP that gave us Newt Gingrich and the Great Hunt for the Clenis and not only didn’t do anything about it but run for president in 1996 by courting their support. He ran a negative campaign that was bereft of ideas and warned us of severe consequences if we built a bridge to the 21st century, preferring instead to hark back to the Ozzie and Harriet vision of an America that never was.
It was Mr. Dole and his leadership that gave us the Republicans that eat their young (once they’ve been brought to term, of course) and demonize the Others. So while it’s too bad that he’s not feeling welcome in his own party anymore, he has only himself to blame.